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The mission of Bear Creek Elementary School is to provide all children with a challenging, high-quality education for their academic and vocational success. We are tasked with educating 330 students, grades Pre-K to 5th. Our student body make-up is 52% African American (172), 38% white (125), and 1% Hispanic (20). We have 17 English language learners in our school. 100% of our students are economically disadvantaged.
Bear Creek was recently awarded a grade of A on the Florida School Accountability Report Card. This is a direct result of our collective efforts of prioritizing the implementation of standards-based instruction, using formative assessments to monitor student progress, and implementing intentional strategies that are research-based and proven to increase student achievement.
A review of our most recent student achievement data shows that while 79% of our students are making learning gains in mathematics, only 61% of our 3rd-5th grade students were proficient on the Mathematics Florida Standards Assessment (FSA). Our goal is to have 65% of our 3rd-5th grade students to be proficient. In science, we had 51% of our 5th grade students that were proficient on the statewide science assessment. Our goal is to have 56% of our students to be proficient on this assessment.

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Promise/Sembler-Maker Space

School:
Bear Creek Elementary School 
Subject:
Stem 
Teacher:
Jessica Black 
Students Impacted:
330 
Grade:
Pre K - 5 
Date:
August 4, 2017

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Sembler Company - $2,500.00

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Goal

The mission of Bear Creek Elementary School is to provide all children with a challenging, high-quality education for their academic and vocational success. We are tasked with educating 330 students, grades Pre-K to 5th. Our student body make-up is 52% African American (172), 38% white (125), and 1% Hispanic (20). We have 17 English language learners in our school. 100% of our students are economically disadvantaged.
Bear Creek was recently awarded a grade of A on the Florida School Accountability Report Card. This is a direct result of our collective efforts of prioritizing the implementation of standards-based instruction, using formative assessments to monitor student progress, and implementing intentional strategies that are research-based and proven to increase student achievement.
A review of our most recent student achievement data shows that while 79% of our students are making learning gains in mathematics, only 61% of our 3rd-5th grade students were proficient on the Mathematics Florida Standards Assessment (FSA). Our goal is to have 65% of our 3rd-5th grade students to be proficient. In science, we had 51% of our 5th grade students that were proficient on the statewide science assessment. Our goal is to have 56% of our students to be proficient on this assessment.  

 

What will be done with my students

One of the key strategies that we would like to use to reach our goals is designing instruction that is standards-based, student centered, and rigorous. To do this, we would like to implement the use of Maker Space. Maker Space is a place where students can invent, collaborate, and learn with cutting-edge technology and equipment. Having our Maker Space equipped properly would allow our students to work creatively, think critically and collaborate easily - so learning is at its best. We need support in purchasing Maker Space must haves- materials that are essential to have in the space that students will use to build and create, and be engaged in rigorous learning activities aligned with Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) education standards. Being engaged in these type of learning experiences will allow our students to think critically and allow them the opportunity to engage in task that will further develop their higher-order thinking skills.
After receiving monies from the Promise grant, we will purchase STEM related materials that will be housed in the Maker Space. Materials will include teacher’s manuals to support teachers in facilitating STEM lessons. Each class will be scheduled to visit Maker Space on a two-week rotation beginning in September. Mrs. Dixon, Assistant Principal, will be responsible for creating the Maker Space schedule, ensuring that all K-5th classes are scheduled to visit Maker Space.
To monitor the effectiveness of the program, we will analyze our Math and Science assessment data (MAP and PCS Common). We will look to see that our students are progressing towards proficiency in Math and Science. We will also use formative assessments to track student progress as we implement Maker Space. Through frequent monitoring, we will be able to evaluate the success of Maker Space implementation. 

 

Benefits to my students

Maker Space is a place where students can invent, collaborate, and learn with cutting-edge technology and equipment. Having our Maker Space equipped properly would allow our students to work creatively, think critically and collaborate easily - so learning is at its best. 

 

Describe the Students

The mission of Bear Creek Elementary School is to provide all children with a challenging, high-quality education for their academic and vocational success. We are tasked with educating 330 students, grades Pre-K to 5th. Our student body make-up is 52% African American (172), 38% white (125), and 1% Hispanic (20). We have 17 English language learners in our school. 100% of our students are economically disadvantaged.  

 

Budget Narrative

We will purchase STEM related materials that will be housed in the Maker Space. Materials will include teacher’s manuals to support teachers in facilitating STEM lessons. To enhance STEM learning opportunities, we will need the following equipment:
Ozobot Bit Education Classroom Set, SuperScience STEM Instant Activities K-3, SuperScience STEM Instant Activities 4-6, Applying the Standards-STEM Books K-5, Code & Go Programmable Robot Mouse (3), Create-a-space Storage Center(5), K’Nex Simple Machines Kit, K’Nex Real Bridge Building Kit, Snap Circuits Pro, Engineering Design Process Magnets, Create-a-Space, Hands on Math Centers: Pattern Blocks Grade 1, Hands on Math Centers: GeoModel Solids Grade 2, Hands on Math Centers: Pattern Blocks Grade 3, Hands on Math Centers: Exploragons Grade 4, Roller Coaster Building Kit , Piper Computer Kit, and Laser Maze (350709) 4. This equipment will cost $2600.00 as outlined in the enclosed budget. Having these materials will ensure that our students are engaged in rich tasks that will allow them to think at higher levels, across content areas. 

 

Items

# Item Cost
1 Ozobot Bit Education Classroom Set $1,000.00
2 SuperScience STEM Instant Activities K-3 $40.76
3 SuperScience STEM Instant Activities 4-5 $40.76
4 Applying the Standards-STEM Books K-5 $44.82
5 Code & Go Programmable Robot Mouse (3) $80.85
6 Create-a-space Storage Center(5) $89.75
7 K’Nex Simple Machines Kit $79.90
8 K’Nex Real Bridge Building Kit $168.26
9 Snap Circuits Pro $123.21
10 Engineering Design Process Magnets $16.11
11 Create-a-Space $89.75
12 Hands on Math Centers: Pattern Blocks Grade 1 $32.26
13 Hands on Math Centers: GeoModel Solids Grade 2 $32.26
14 Hands on Math Centers: Pattern Blocks Grade 3 $32.26
15 Hands on Math Centers: Exploragons Grade 4 $38.21
16 Roller Coaster Building Kit $118.00
17 Piper Computer Kit $299.99
18 Laser Maze (350709) 4 $96.88
  Total: $2,500.00

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